Let’s blame the Supermoon! (Now with a coda)
I, along with supporters of the following, should blame the supermoon for our unexpected 2016 failures – or at least the fact that the moon decided this was the year to get so close to our planet:
Sydney Swans in AFL
Melbourne Storm NRL
Cleveland Indians in World Series Baseball
The teams participating in English Soccer to enable Leicester City to win the championship
The Rangers in the Scottish FA Cup Final
The Hornetts in America’s National Basketball Assoc.
Novak Djokovic US Men’s Open Final
Angelique Kerber Aust Open Women’s Tennis Final
University of Queensland in Queensland Premier Rugby
And, to a lesser extent, because a trophy was not at stake, the Springboks in Rugby Union Four Nations and the All Blacks in Rugby Sevens at the Olympics.
The Australian Cricket Team looks as if it should be added to this list.
Then there will be the losers in political parties the world over, including of course, the one whose name springs readily to mind in this current climate: the would-be first female President of that reeling country.
The winners, mostly against all conceivable odds, will rejoice, and hail the supermoon:
The Western Bulldogs AFL
Cronulla Sharks NRL
Chicago Cubs WSB
Leicester City in the soccer
Hibernian in the Scottish FA Cup
Cleveland’s Cavaliers in the NBA
Stan Wawrinka US Men’s Open Tennis
Serena Williams Aust Open Women’s Tennis
Brothers in Queensland Premier Rugby
Japan and Ireland in defeating the highly fancied Springboks and All Blacks in Rugby
And Andy Murray will, no doubt, be a happy tennis player, now recognised as No 1.
To say nothing of the man called Trump.
What a year of upsets. Surely it has to be the supermoon? If you don’t believe me, you could always just blame climate change!
ps I haven’t even considered the hundreds, probably thousands of highly improbable wins throughout the world this year – particularly in sport – so maybe we can compile an Almanac list?
Clouds came rolling in in Sydney at about 5pm on Monday. Went out at 7pm to see what we could see, but nothing. Went out at 8.30 and saw a bit of a moon through some trees, but not significant enough for a photo.
So have created my own Supermoon. Design done by Julie Cattlin: